IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Malakand 1897 (1574 Farrier Kala, 2 Q.O. Corps Guides Cavy.), QSA (1) Cape Colony (1574 Farr. Kala, Corps of Guides), KSA (2) (1574 Farr. Kala, Q.O. Corps of Guides), Indian MSM GV (1574 Dfdr. (Farr. Maj.) Kala Khan, Corps of Guides Cavy. (F.F.))
Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 27 Dooly Bearer Yelmel Jaga S&TC
ex Q & C Militaria
On the roll Dooly Bearer Corps, Bombay Command-Kamptee District: (WO 100/298 p 155) and present for at Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Talana, Defence of Ladysmith.
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Queen’s Sudan 1896-98, bronze issue 159 Doolybearer Buswir Narsinghoo, C.T. Deptt.
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp, bronze issue 159 Dooley Bearer Beswi Narsunloo, S. & T. Corps
Khedive’s Sudan 1896-1909, no clasp, bronze issue 159 Dooleybearer Buswir Narsinghoo, C.T.Dept.
ex DNW 2013 Dooly Bearers at Talana
The Dooly Bearer Corps at Talana on the 20th October 1899 numbered 199 men. They were recruited from The Bombay (Deesa District;19;Ahedabad District; 14; Kamptee District 32) and Madras Commands ( Madras District 5; Bangalore District 46; Belgaum District 26;Bellary District). Their personnel were mainly recruited from a class of hereditary carriers, the Hindu Kahars from Oude ( African General Service Medals RB Magor). All were later interned at Ladysmith other than the 14 from Ahedabad District who must have escaped to Pietermaritzburg with the wounded. Eight of these men later claimed an entitlement to a Relief of Ladysmith clasp.
The stretcher bearer corps or Dooly Bearer Corps although were raised in India, volunteers were also recruited from the local Indian population to serve as non-combatant medical personnel and were engaged in the hospital camp. The front verandahs of the two Smith homesteads were used as field dressing stations, prior to moving the wounded on doolies to the church and other large halls and warehouse which served as temporary hospitals, in the town of Dundee.
Talana was the first battle in which, under enemy fire,
the Dooly Bearer Corps moved about the battlefield with their green doolies rescuing the wounded. Major Donegan in his diary describes how he “then ordered the dhoolies to advance and relieve the regimental bearers as near the fighting line as possible and I must say that they worked splendidly." H.Watkins-Pitchford,( Besieged in Ladysmith ,1964, p 36.) describes the scene “ and the dhoolie-bearers waddling back under their heavy burdens. Excellent little fellows these bearers are, some of them with four and five ribbons upon the breasts of their dirty khaki blouses. They trot out complacently under the heaviest fire and seem to know no fear.”
The casualties were scooped up by the Indian stretcher- bearers of Major Donegan's field hospital, and carried back in doolies (four men per doolie) to the dressing room station by the post office. The Principal Medical Officer, Volunteer Forces, Major Hysop, informed the Colonial Secretary that he had been `very impressed with the expeditious way' that
Indian dhoolie-bearers removed the wounded from the field' and asked for a further twelve Indian bearers and two hospital orderlies. The "Natal Mercury" concurred with Hyslop; the editor wrote that their `courage and fidelity have been of the utmost value.' At the Talana Hill battle `during the heaviest fighting, when bullets were scouring the air, and men were falling dead and wounded in terrible numbers, these stoical and stolid Asiatics went about their business with heroic indifference to the leaden rain. It is due to them very largely that so many wounded were not afterwards numbered among the killed.'"Natal Mercury", 30 October 1899. Again Major Donegan in his diary says that "all Bearers did not finish till after 11 pm. In many cases these Bearers brought the wounded from the fighting line all the way to Hospital."
As to the best and quickest method of removing the patients to the first dressing station, there were few occasions when this was not more satisfactorily done by bearers with stretchers than by wagons. The movement was more easy to the wounded men, and, as a rule, time was saved. Over rough ground the wagons travel slowly, and patients with only provisional splints were shaken undesirably. A stretcher party in my experience easily outstripped the wagon unless a road or very smooth veldt existed. A larger number of men is of course required, but I take it that on the occasion of a great war men are both more easily obtained and fed than are transport animals. From what I have been able to learn, both the Indian dhoolie-bearers and the hastily recruited Colonial bearer companies were most successful in the removal of the large number of wounded men from the field of Colenso. I had several opportunities of comparing the two methods on a smaller scale during the fighting in Orange River Colony, and felt very strongly in favour of the stretcher parties. “Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre “George Henry Makins
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